June 2017

UPDATE: Interac Takes E-Transfer Service Offline Temporarily To Fix Technical Problems

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 13:15 PM

Significant technical issues have led Interac to temporarily take their E-Transfer service offline.

In a statement, Interac says it is an internal technical issue resulting in transaction delays, and the suspension of a number of transfers.

They are reassuring the public by saying the system and data remains secure.

While the system is offline, banks will not be able to process any transactions.

Interac says any transfers currently in transit will be processed once the system is restored.

Man Arrested Following High Speed Chase In Northern Minnesota

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:59 AM

A man from Hibbing is in custody following a police chase that reached into Koochiching County last night.

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the incident started when members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force attempted to arrest a man at a Hibbing gas station, wanted on several felony warrants.

The man fled, leading authorities on a 90 mile chase through Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis Counties that lasted nearly an hour before his vehicle was stopped with the aid of a tire deflation device.

No one was hurt.

Police Investigate Eggings

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:54 AM

International Falls Police says they've identified three individuals suspected of being involved in a rash of mischief.

A number of vehicles were egged in recent days.

In a Facebook post, Police says the suspects will be charged and held accountable for their actions.

Getting Ready For Canada Day

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 08:51 AM

It's all shaping up to be one good party in Fort Frances to help Canada celebrate its 150th anniversary.

The Fun in the Sun Committee has been working on the plans for the better part of ten months.

Spokesperson Cynthia Donald says there will be plenty of activities at Point Park to enjoy.

The full list can be found on our events page.

Donald says are watching the weather closely.

MP Hopes Canada Day Is Inclusive

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:41 AM

At least one northwestern Ontario politician is hoping to make Canada 150 celebrations reflect the Indigenous history of our country.

Some First Nations are concerned Canada Day ignores colonialism and are considering a boycott.

Thunder Bay MP Patty Hajdu says her government wants to make sure both sides of the story can be told.

Hajdu says she hasn't heard of any boycott planned in northwestern Ontario.

Teddy Bears Gathering At Public Library Today

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:37 AM

It's a Teddy Bear Picnic at the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre today.

It starts at 11 a.m. and costs 5 dollars a person to attend.

Program Coordinator Andrea Avis says there's going to a lot of fun this year.

There will be the barrel train, a magic show, live music, bouncy castles and an obstacle course.

Dr. Elaine will also be back to check on the health of the Bears.

Avis encouarges people to bring their blankets and picnic baskets and wear red and white in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.

Local Sports Wrap for Friday, June 30

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:18 AM

Another upset in the Borderland Soccer League's men's division.

Connor Bujold scored twice as CJ Contracting doubled up the previously unbeaten Centra Pipeline team 4-2.

Liam Metke and Ian Jodoin also scored for CJ.

Max Williams and Nico Veldhuisen replied for Centra.


In the Rainy River District Men's Fastball League, Rainy River got by Manitou 9-7.

Austin Jack homered as Dawson edged Sight and Sound 3-2 in a game that lasted 9 innings.

Duane Carlson hit a home run for the Wolves.

Barwick defeated the Northwest Bay Juniors 15-5.

Some Colonization Rd Residents Concerned With Name Change

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:13 AM

Some residents of Colonization Road in Fort Frances are expressing their concern with a request to change the road's name.

Kevin Stewart has written to council asking it to consider the cost factors and potential precedent it might set in agreeing to the request.

He also wants council to reach out to residents who live along the road for their input.

Stewart says he sympathizes with those who find the name of the road offensive, but feels others just see the name as meaning a settlement.

Trees Causing Damage In Downtown Fort Frances

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017 07:06 AM

Ongoing damage to the sidewalk and buildings are being identified as the reasons for trees in downtown Fort Frances being removed.

The trees along the 200 block of Scott St. will be taken out when work crews begin fixing the sidewalk later this summer.

The town's Operations and Facilities Manager Travis Rob says they did look at how to keep the trees, but in the end it was just too costly to proceed.

Rob notes members of the Downtown Business Improvement Association were also made aware of the plans last year.

Mall Day Today

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:32 AM

A number of vendors, crafters and other organizations take to the streets in downtown Fort Frances.

They'll be part of the O Canada Mall Day Street Party along Scott Street which starts at 10 a.m. today.

As a result, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street will be closed.

If the event is rained out, it will be held tomorrow.